Professor Gordon studied
chemical physics at Harvard with Professor J. H. Van Vleck.
Following a Junior Fellowship at Toronto and Brussels, he returned
to Harvard, where he has served as Chairman of the Department of
Chemistry and is the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Chemistry. His
research has spanned a wide range of subjects from applied
mathematics to quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, intermolecular
forces, solid state and materials science. His theoretical work
has lead to a better understanding of bonding in molecules and
solids, and to predictions of new solid phases and phase
transitions. The chemical kinetics of crystal growth from vapor
systems are being studied both theoretically and experimentally in
his laboratory. His discoveries of new materials and vapor
deposition processes are widely used commercially for making thin
films in solar cells, energy-conserving window coatings, display
devices and semiconductor electronics.